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Senior Works - Poet Commons

This guide shares information on how Whittier College seniors can deposit and archive their senior works into the Wardman Library's digital repository, Poet Commons. Using Poet Commons will provide digital preservation as well as worldwide exposure to th

Copyright and Intellectual Property

Copyright Protection of Student Work                                                                                                                         

Original work is automatically protected under copyright as soon as it is recorded in a tangible form. Senior projects do not have to be registered through the U.S. Copyright Office for their work to be protected by copyright. For more information, please visit the US Copyright website.

If you wish to further clarify the rights of reuse of your intellectual property, you may consider utilizing a CreativeCommons license, which is a free legal tool that helps authors easily indicate the allowed uses they want their work to carry. Learn more about CreativeCommons at:


Use of Original Work not created by the Student                                                                                                           

Students need to secure copyright permissions from the original copyright owner if the senior project contains third party content (including but limited to images, large quantities of journal or book content, tables and figures, music and other accompanying material).